Poetry Friday: Notes on the Art of Poetry


“When we read together…we are taken out of our aloneness. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another. We connect. And when we connect, we are changed.”

Kate DiCamillo

Kathy Collins reiterated this message in her closing keynote at TCRWP’s Reading Institute last Friday when urged hundreds of teachers to “make this the year of the story in your classroom.”

Unfortunately, many children arrive at school without a sense of the importance of stories. So it is up to us, their teachers, to instill a love of stories and reading in our students, to turn the children in our classrooms into readers. As we get ready to welcome our new students (or reflect on the first weeks of school), here’s a poem celebrating the power of story to enrich and change our lives.

Notes on the Art of Poetry

by Dylan Thomas

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on

in the world between the covers of books,

such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,,,

such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,

such and so many blinding bright lights,, ,

splashing all over the pages

in a million bits and pieces

all of which were words, words, words,

and each of which were alive forever

in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.

Please be sure to visit Laura at Live Your Poem for the Poetry Friday Round Up.

10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Notes on the Art of Poetry

  1. Wonderful, Catherine. I’ve never seen this either. Thank you for “I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on…” Isn’t that a lovely first line?


  2. I love Kate Di Camillo’s message about making this a year of story in the classroom. What a challenge – and what an adventure too. Loved reading Dylan Thomas’ poem too.


  3. This is going up in my classroom next to the list/poem by Gary Paulsen “Why I Read.”

    I discovered yesterday that I have a class that quite vocally “hates” poetry. The gauntlet has been thrown, but I’m up for the challenge!


  4. Such a lovely message and great poem to bring it all home. Love the idea of focusing on the importance of stories!


  5. Hooray for stories in all their forms, Catherine! I love this line in Thomas’ poem:
    “such sandstorms and ice blasts of words” – the extremes that stories can allow us to experience. Happy new school year! = )


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